Handover of Transit Van to Bristol NW Foodbank

On 20 May our students from South Glos W2L, who had taken part in a Community Vehicle Programme this academic year, went to Bristol NW Foodbank's satellite store based at Lawrence Weston Baptist Church where they handed over their Ford Transit Van to Emma Murray, the Foodbank Manager.

The van had been donated to Wheels by Avon and Somerset Constabulary and the course had been funded by the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund.

Emma sent us a thank you letter- see below:

'The Van that the Wheel's Project has donated to the Bristol NW Foodbank is going to have a huge impact on our day to day operations and is enabling us to extend our area of coverage to clients, by becoming a mobile store that will visit our new Hotwells Outlet at Hope Chapel weekly.  We are also planning to start a delivery service to the elderly and those chronically ill this autumn, who are client groups that find it difficult to access the Foodbank.  On a day to day basis, the van is going to enable us to do all of our food pick ups from our donor churches and businesses, as well as any future supermarket collections without having to damage volunteers cars.  It will also transport and top up our other three foodstores at our outlets weekly. We are also in the fortunate position to be able to employ a part-time van driver from amongst our volunteer team, who has been looking for work for the last 18 months with the arrival of this van.


It is great to see the effect the project has had on the young people who worked on the vehicle.  Well done!!!'

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